Forget fabric stores – some antiques are just too boring to bother re-covering with traditional patterns. These hodgepodge pieces use patchwork scraps to create fresh new themes within stodgy old frameworks. (Re)fabric(ation) can be fun. Design by Leftovers takes old and often overly-ornate furnishings that would hardly fit in a modern home, and remakes them to look creative, contemporary and strangely more timeless. If you are at a loss for how to reupholster some household items, look no further for inspiration.
Selected works by Ruth Marten In Ruth Marten's remarkable world, Pinnipeds and Quadrupeds must fight off the advances of hirsute Lotharios while foot fetishists with marcelled hair ride side-saddle with birds who collect rare editions of Une semaine de bonté . The statues wonder how long their underarm hair can grow. A nose huffs the upholstery when no one is looking.